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4:00 PM ET, June 15, 2007

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Henry Gottlieb / LAW.com:
MySpace, Facebook Privacy Limits Tested in Emotional Distress Suit  —  The operators of MySpace and Facebook social networking sites assure their millions of subscribers that only designated "friends" can read registrants' private postings.  —  But do the postings stay private …
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:   Are Social Network Private Messages More Private Than Email Under The Law?
Claude Brodesser-Akner / AdAge:
Michael Moore's 'Sicko' Leaked Onto Web  —  Every Movie Marketer's Worst Nightmare Becomes Grim Reality for Weinstein Company  —  LOS ANGELES (AdAge.com) — Michael Moore's new documentary "Sicko" has been pirated and is now widely available for download on peer-to-peer content sites like www.thepiratebay.org.
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Steve Bryant / NewTeeVee:
Michael Moore's Sicko leaked on the Net
Discussion: Daily Feed and Todd Watson
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Safari for Windows... but WHY?  —  Steve Jobs & Company must have known that releasing a Safari browser for the Windows platform was going to result in some serious blowback: vulnerabilities, outrage and of course, the mocking.  And as expected, the digerati responded with scorn and outrage.
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Avvo Blog:
Defending Avvo's Right to Provide Information and Guidance to Consumers  —  I would like to respond to the class action lawsuit filed against Avvo today.  —  Avvo.com is designed to give consumers information and guidance to choose the right attorney.  There is very little guidance available …
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alarm:clock:
Avvo Better Get A Good Lawyer.  Legal Startup Hit With Class Action Law Suit
Chris Remo / shacknews.com:
Valve Confirms Episode Two, Team Fortress 2 Launch Date  —  Last night, Valve representatives confirmed to Shacknews that the studio's upcoming trio of Source-powered games will ship for all announced platforms on October 9, 2007.  The suite, sold at retail and through Valve's Steam download service …
Paul Sweeting / ContentAgenda.com:
MPAA, others call for new anti-piracy laws  —  ContentAgenda  —  The Motion Picture Assn. of America is joining forces with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and a diverse collection of other industry groups to press Congress and the White House on an ambitious agenda to bolster enforcement of anti-piracy and anti-counterfeiting laws.
Discussion: Consumerist
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:   MPAA, RIAA Create Yet ANOTHER Lobbying Group; Push For Stronger Laws
Financial Times:
Howard Stringer on movies, music and PlayStation  —  Chrystia Freeland, Financial Times US managing editor, interviewed Sir Howard Stringer of Sony.  This is a transcript of the interview, which you may watch here.  In this segment Mr Stringer discusses movies, music and PlayStation.
Discussion: Inquirer, Ars Technica and Engadget
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Wall Street Journal:
Is iPhone AT&T's Magic Bullet?  —  Companies Featured in This Article: AT&T , Apple, Sprint Nextel, Deutsche Telekom, Verizon Communications, Vodafone Group, Telefon AB LM Ericsson, Sony  —  AT&T Inc. stands a good chance of stealing customers away from other wireless operators …
Hy Hollinger / Hollywood Reporter:
MPA study: Brighter picture for movie industry  —  All-media revenue from pics up 8% to $42.6 bil  —  The motion picture industry is back on course.  —  After a disappointing 2005, the six major companies have received official confirmation from the MPA that their all-media revenue …
Business Wire:
1-800-FREE411 Receives Patent for Free 411 Ad-Supported Directory Assistance Service  —  Patent Discloses 1-800-FREE411's Proven Business Model in the Growing Free 411 Space  —  MENLO PARK, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Jingle Networks, Inc., operator of the 1-800-FREE411 directory assistance service …
Eric Auchard / Reuters:
Linux leaders plot counterattack on Microsoft  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW, California (Reuters) - The high priests of free software have congregated at Google Inc. (GOOG.O: Quote, Profile, Research) headquarters this week to debate the future of the movement and face down recent patent threats by Microsoft Corp. …
Business 2.0:
Who matters now?  —  Business 2.0 Magazine invites you to vote for the businesspeople who inspire, inform and infuriate you, from CEOs to entrepreneurs to media stars. … SPECIAL OFFER:  —  • Home  • Portfolio  • Calculators  • Contact us  • Newsletters  • Podcasts
Discussion: Between the Lines
Sydney Morning Herald:
iPods to blame for total eclipse of the art, says Hockney  —  Public enemy number one ... according to David Hockney.  —  Richard Jinman and wires  —  THOSE who prefer a well-painted landscape to a diamond-studded skull or a roasted corgi now have a culprit to blame for the contentious state of contemporary art: the iPod.
Discussion: MacUser
Evan Ackerman / OhGizmo!:
LANdroid Wireless Battle Net  —  Ever wish that your wireless network could follow you wherever you went?  Yeah, so does the US Army.  DARPA's LANdroid is a palm-sized, totally autonomous network router on cute little tank treads.  It's designed to be used in urban environments …
Raul / Skype Garage:
Skype 3.5 Beta for Windows initial release  —  Today we have released Skype 3.5 Beta for Windows.  It includes many new features in comparison with Skype 3.2 for Windows.  —  This is a beta release which means that we are still working on it and that it is only recommended for experienced users to try out new bleeding edge features.
Stuart Elliott / New York Times:
MySpace Mini-Episodes, Courtesy of Honda  —  YEARS after Volkswagen challenged drivers to "Think small," another automaker, Honda, plans to run smaller commercials for a smaller car in smaller versions of television series.  —  Honda will be the sole sponsor of what Sony Pictures Television …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Kyte's Plans Come Together: Deals with EMI & Nokia Announced, New Facebook Application  —  Kyte.tv, which is at its core a media player for personal expression, lets users send a stream of personal information to their friends: drag photos, video and text into the channels and interact with people viewing your content.
Enid Burns / ClickZ:
Forecast: Search to Lose Share as Video Ads Proliferate  —  An IDC Internet advertising report forecasts advertising online to nearly double by 2011.  Search is expected to lose its dominance as broadband adoption increases demand for video and rich media advertising.
 
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Dan Sabbagh / Times of London:
Web angel investor on the lookout for another big winner
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Max Kalehoff / Online Spin:
Deconstructing Facebook  —  Have you noticed a massive surge …
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Market Wire:
SOURCE: StudioNow  —  StudioNow, the innovative online video …
Jason Tan / Taipei Times:
Acer revises down this year's revenue growth projection
Discussion: CNET News.com and Ars Technica
Business Week:
A Scramble for the Perfect Wave
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HeyCosmo: Webcams Meet Group Collaboration
Discussion: VentureBeat and NewTeeVee
 Earlier Items: 
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Sprint explores options for WiMAX, ponders Clearwire deal
Raoul / Inner Bits:
PS3 Controller with Rumble in Development
N'Gai Croal / Level Up:
On A Roll, Or, How Microsoft Secured Yet Another Exclusive …
Rebecca Lieb / ClickZ:
Search Works Harder, So Must Search Marketers
Gord Hotchkiss / Search Engine Land:
Chinese Eye Tracking Study: Baidu Vs Google
Regina Lynn / Wired News:
Master's Student Demonstrates Thesis Project in Her Underwear
Discussion: Inquirer and digg
Rarely Greys / Net Cooties:
Yahoo defect endangers users — do web sites care?
Discussion: Slashdot
Alex Pham / Los Angeles Times:
On 'fatblogs,' heavy people weigh in